In favor of creating a vaccination certificate compatible in all states – members of the European Union to make intra-EU travel possible, the chancellor ordered 'Angela Merkel, noting that the technical preparation is expected to be completed by summer. He clarified, however, that the certificate does not mean that only the holder will be allowed to travel..
"It simply came to our notice then (ενν. the vaccination certificate) will be completed by summer. I am not a programmer technician, so I can not guarantee it, so as I can not guarantee delivery vaccines. The political mandate is to have been achieved in the coming months – I have been talking for three months – and that's why I believe all states – EU Member States are working to achieve this within a reasonable time ", said Mrs Merkel after her end Summit held by teleconference, clarifying at the same time that “everyone today pointed out that at this moment, with the low level of vaccination of the population, is not an issue ". But we must prepare, the chancellor stressed and stated that there is not only the vaccination certificate.
"We said that e.g.. children do not even have access to the vaccine at the moment and that means they can, as is the case today, request a test, but a vaccination certificate may be additional information ", explained, to add that it is definitely right for the future to have the certificate at our disposal. «However, this does not mean that only those who have a vaccination certificate are allowed to travel. No political decision has been made on this», The chancellor continued, adding that no decision could be made, if no such certificate has been previously created.
Referring to the discussion with its European partners, the Lady Merkel noted that everyone agrees on the need to create such a tool and noted that the technical preparations have been made by the Commission together with the – members already in January. This must now be implemented, so that a portal can be created, an access and compatibility of the various national digital vaccination certificates, he also stated, in everything,as far as Germany is concerned, referred to the government decision to develop one national vaccination certificate. "The key elements it should contain have been identified by European Commission and states – members. And now the assignment has been made by the Ministry of Health. The European Commission needs about three months to create the technical conditions and this is about the time that the Minister of Health Jens Span has set for the development of such an endeavor so that in a reasonable time from many countries – members – I would say of everything – have developed national vaccination certificates, which, through the portal at European level will be compatible with each other, to make intra-EU travel more accessible and more likely the basis for entry into the EU from third countries», stressed the German chancellor.
Mitsotaki's intervention for the vaccination certificate
In his intervention, The Prime Minister Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης τόνισε ότι τα νεότερα επιστημονικά δεδομένα πιστοποιούν την υψηλή αποτελεσματικότητα των εμβολίων. Referring to proposal του για θέσπιση ευρωπαϊκού πιστοποιητικού εμβολιασμού, The Prime Minister σημείωσε ότι όσο νωρίτερα ληφθούν αποφάσεις τόσο καλύτερα για την ΕΕ, as otherwise it is inevitable that the private sector will move in this direction.
If we as the EU do not do it, someone else will do it for us, most likely the big technology companies, pointed out Kyriakos Mitsotakis, while he clarified that he is in favor of the registration of as little personal data as possible by the citizens.
Von der Layen: It was a step forward
In this teleconference, a step forward was made regarding the convergence for the vaccination certificate, said the President of Commission during the joint press conference he gave with his President European Council. Alongside, the Ursula von der Leyen noted that "we have agreed on the data package. This is important. This work has been done. It is the minimum of data "adding that" it is important to have a European solution otherwise others will enter this gap. As we know the Apple and the Google offer solutions to WHERE».
Its President Commission noted that there are still open questions, such as its use certificate. "So the decision of what you might do with such a vaccination certificate remains to be decided specifically by each country.".
He noted that "at the end of January the Member States with its support Commission agreed on what kind of data is needed for such vaccination certificates for medical purposes. It is simply a form of content, what type of vaccine was used , there is a unique identifier and the smallest amount of data needed for each certificate. Member States now have to apply them to health systems and at their borders to ensure that health systems are suitable for’ this purpose "adding that" the Commission offers data collaboration as it did with tracking and create a portal that connects different national solutions to each other so that this information is interoperable ".
From his side, its president European Council, Charles Michel underlined that "From now until March and the next Council we expect to make some progress on this issue" noting that the fact that there are countries for which tourism plays an important role is taken into account..